Pollan announces retirement
The Pittsburg ISD voted Thursday night during a 5 p.m. called meeting to accept Superintendent Judy Pollan's decision to retire.
The unanimous vote came after the board met with Pollan in closed session for more than two hours.
Returning to open session at 7:08 p.m., Pollan read a letter addressed to the PISD Staff announcing her retirement.
“After 55 years in education and 22 years as a superintendent, it is time for me to close this working phase of my life,” Pollan began.
The letter states that she told the board of trustees last summer that she planned to stay until the new gymnasium was completed to finish out all the bond projects.
“Since that facility is in its final stages of construction, I informed the board that I plan to retire at the end of June,” Pollan said.
Pollan said the board has a plan in place to name the new superintendent by April 15.
“We’re all sad that this day has arrived,” Board President Jack Arnwine said following the vote. “We dreaded the time that we knew she was supposed to retire. Big shoes to fill.”
Accepting hugs and well wishes, Pollan said, “I’m trying real hard not to be (sad).”
Pollan said in her statement that although she would no longer be working at PISD, “part of my heart will always be here.”
The Gazette will update this story in its March 14 edition.